The exhibition "Il Novecento di Carta" at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan and the work of Alberto Martini in the last Art-Rite's auction

This is a formidable occasion to get acquainted with a lesser known artistic medium, that is to say paper and the various techniques associated to it. Prints and drawings have been used since the sixteenth century as a relatively cheap method for artists to spread their works and make them known to a broader public. Others decided to become specialised in this genre, which eventually became the most known aspect of their oeuvre (one may think of Albrecht Dürer or William Hogarth). The show is a chance to inspect the world of the graphic arts in the context of twentieth-century Italian art, from the imaginative worlds evoked by Symbolist artists to the Milanese Pop Art in the 1970s. 

The exhibition was curated by Claudio Salsi and includes works from over 100 Italian and international artists. The show is located beneath the ducal court of the castle, developing across two spacious rooms organised so as to create a chronological path. The curator chose not to consider all the possible aspects of the graphic arts in the given period. Rather, he selected the most relevant events and artistic movements in regards to the development of this genre in recent times. Therefore, the exhibition includes outstanding names such as Umberto Boccioni, displaying his futurist creations together with some of his earlier classical works, as well as Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi. The pool of artists touches on Milan too, featuring eminent local figures such as Enrico Baj. Art-Rite has recently sold six works by Baj in the latest U-3 auction of the 26th of June. All the lots in the catalogue met the interest of the public as they reached or even exceeded the initial estimates, thus determining a successful operation and a positive indication about the artist’s fame.
Although the exhibition draws heavily from local Milanese collections, the works in the catalogue prove the international mentality of Italian collectors over the past century. There are some exceptional cases, such as prints by Auguste Rodin, Edvard Munch, and James Ensor, whose grotesque and macabre creations remind of another Italian printmaker, Alberto Martini. At Novecento di Carta, Martini enjoyed special attention as his works are shown in a dedicated section and occupy an entire wall on their own.